APEC protesters: important legal advice

If you’re plan­ning to protest while the APEC legis­la­tion still stands, take note of the advice from Human Rights Mon­it­ors (I got this as a handout at the SULS APEC talk).

Some high­lights:

  • There is no leg­al oblig­a­tion to tell the pub­lic where the red areas are…
  • The legis­la­tion does not appear to provide a lim­it on how far a per­son can be escor­ted from the green area…
  • No crim­in­al con­vic­tions are neces­sary to be on the list. It is only neces­sary that the Police Com­mis­sion­er sat­is­fy him­self that a par­tic­u­lar per­son would pose ser­i­ous threats…

Giv­en the good-natured protests thus far, police con­cerns have hardly been war­ran­ted, and a please explain might be in order as to why their fears were even remotely believ­able to begin with.

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